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2012 KTM 300XC PROJECT: TWO-STROKE VIDEO SERIES

For this project, we teamed up with the guys at Dirt N Iron. The bike was a nine-year-old KTM 300XC. Even that long ago, the KTM was the off-road two-stroke to have. It was fast, smooth and reliable. When you find a used one, just getting it into original condition means you’ll have a great […]

KTM 300 LONG-TERM TEST

The goal was seriously demented. Beau Law, the owner of Ready to Ride Rentals, wanted to take a brand-new, bone-stock KTM 300XC-W TPI machine and torture it. His dream was no maintenance for the duration of the test. Nada. No oil changes, no filter cleaning. He purchased the machine from AEO Powersports in Mesa, Arizona. […]

2022 KTM SIX DAYS EDITION DUAL SPORT ARRIVES

KTM just announced the Six Days Edition of its big dual-sport bike. Unlike previous years, the bike will be a 500 rather than a 450 for 2022. The official release from KTM follows: Excellence in racing is often celebrated in the KTM family with dedicated and upgraded special edition models, and the KTM 500 EXC-F […]

KTM E-STARTER SERVICE: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

SQUEAL LIKE A PIG Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I have a 2020 KTM 250XC TPI. Love the bike, really happy with it, but when I start it after it has cooled down, it makes a horrible squeal for a few seconds after the motor fires (electric start). This noise first appeared at about 15 hours. It […]

KTM 500EXC: DUAL-SPORT PROJECT VIDEO SERIES

This bike was the winner of Dirt Bike’s 2020 500 Dual-Sport Shootout. Ron Lawson purchased the bike directly from KTM after that test. With so many test bikes coming and going, a magazine editor often doesn’t have time to ride his own bike. But test bikes come with rules. We cannot take them out of […]

2022 KTM 250SX-F: THE ’22s VIDEO SERIES

The 2022 KTM 250SX-F is in dealers and ready to go. It is mechanically unchanged but has a racy orange frame and new graphics. It’s still the lightest of all the 250 four-stroke (218 pounds without fuel) and the most powerful (44 horsepower). It’s clearly a bike aimed at the higher echelon of racers. Hear […]

2021 KTM 500EXC-DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

KTM redefined what a true street-legal dirt bike is back in 2007. Until then, the guy who was serious about riding from his house to the trails in the hills did it on a girthy XL600 or a ponderous and softly muscled DRZ, or snuck his off-road machine through the DMV and coaxed a plate […]

2022 KTM 250SX-F FIRST RIDE: THE WRAP

 The first 2022 test bike is here, surviving factory shut-downs and pandemics to arrive more or less on schedule. The 2022 KTM 250SX-F is in dealers and we already have had one on the track.  It has very few changes beyond the graphics and the orange frame are new, but this has little to do […]

2021 KTM 350XC-F: FULL TEST

Some motorcycles become icons after generations of service. Others graduate to that status ahead of schedule. That happened with the KTM 350XC-F. It came out 10 years ago and almost immediately was granted membership in the elite ranks of racing. Now, it’s generally acknowledged as the winningest off-road bike of the past decade, maybe even […]

KTM 500EXC DUAL-SPORT PROJECT BY TACOMOTO: THE WRAP

This week I got to ride my 2020 KTM 500EXC for the first time in about six months. This was the bike that won our 2020 dual-sport shootout. I purchased the bike directly from KTM after the test and then promptly didn’t ride it. That’s a pattern with me. I get to ride some of […]

KTM 350 DUAL SPORT PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

We love the KTM 350EXC-F dual-sport bike. Love it. It’s legal. It’s quiet, and it’s a real dirt bike. What’s not to love? Well, that’s the funny thing about the ones we love. We always want to change them. As wonderful as the EXC is, the truth is that it makes a wheezing 34 horsepower […]

2022 KTM DUAL-SPORT BIKES REVEALED

KTM just announced that its 2022 dual-sport bikes will be arriving in dealers soon. Additionally, the XCF-W  line, which is closely related to the dual-sports will be available. On the two-stroke side of the fence, the 300XC-W, 250 XC-W  and 150XC-W were released. The official press release follows. KTM North America, Inc. is pleased to […]

PRODUCT REVIEW: BULLETPROOF TPI GUARD

BULLETPROOF TPS GUARD The TPI bike’s TPS sensor is in a very vulnerable spot and prone to crash or trail-spear damage. If you wound the TPS in any way, there is a good chance your bike will not run and you may be stranded. Also, it will cost a good deal of money to replace […]

MODERN-DAY KTM 200 2-STROKE: BEHIND THE BUILD

The 200cc KTM has a very devoted cult-like following, and the fact that KTM stopped production of this model back in 2016 just fuels the fire of desire for some. Lendon Smith and Robert Lightfeldt, owners of Seat Concepts in Idaho, are two such people. They decided to take matters into their own hands by […]

MODERN-DAY KTM 380 PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

You gotta love a motorcycle that makes people look. Bob Casper’s KTM 380SX Factory Edition is like that. What’s even better, it makes people listen too. This is a dirt bike that confuses onlookers on so many levels. On initial contact it prompts about three questions in the first millisecond: Was that Ryan Dungey? Was that […]

KTM 300 2-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

We started our trail build with the last 300XC model to come equipped with a carburetor: the 2019 KTM 300XC. This machine was fairly well-received by the carbureted community as a whole but did have some issues. One major issue was the constant need to modify jetting specs in the Mikuni unit that came on […]

VIDEO: THE YEAR OF JUBILEE

Ride Motorcycles is a joint project between KTM Motorcycles Group, Troy Lee Designs, USMCA and the producers of the Great Outdoors, celebrating the rebirth of motorcycle sport in the depth a a worldwide pandemic.  The video was inspired by the original On Any Sunday and will have three parts. Here’s Part One, The Year of […]

KTM 350EXC-F: DUAL-SPORT VIDEO SERIES

The KTM 350EXC dual-sport is one of the most desired bikes on the market. It’s also the lightest and one of the very best handling. That doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Check it out in this edition of the Dirt Bike Dual-Sport Video Series. 

BEN KELLEY: KTM’S NEXT BIG THING

Ben Kelley will be KTM’s top man in the 2021 GNCC XC1 Pro class. That’s a position that has been held by Kailub Russell for years, so clearly KTM’s Off-Road Racing Manager Antti Kallonen has a lot of faith in the young New England rider. Travis Fant got together with Ben on what it’s like […]

KTM 500 2-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

KTM is one of the manufacturers still pushing two-stroke motorcycle technology advancement in the industry today, but unfortunately the largest displacement is 300cc. Johnny Weisman and his crew at the Ride Shop AZ decided to combine brand-new technology from KTM, some very proven old-school two-stroke technology from Kawasaki and some aftermarket bolt-on performance items from […]